Here are your Good Shepherd OPC announcements and worship helps for the week of November 1-6, 2016.
If you have a prayer request, please forward it to Pastor Chris to be included in the congregational prayer on Sunday morning or evening.
The Lord’s Day (November 6)
We continue our study on the end times. The topic is Positive Signs of the Times. While not necessary, you may want to read Matthew 24 prior to Sunday school.
There are two classes for the children. Both use Great Commission Publications curriculum.
Acts 15:1-11, “Saved Through Grace Alone”
The evening service is canceled this week. We will have a congregational meeting at 2 pm after the fellowship lunch.
There is no evening worship this week.
Join us for Bible Study each Wednesday at 7 pm at the church. Our study is through the Old Testament books of Judges and Ruth. Invite a friend.
Remember to “Fall Back” one hour on Saturday, November 5 before going to sleep.
Our next fellowship lunch is Sunday, November 6 after morning worship. Our food theme is Thanksgiving foods. There will be no Sunday evening worship.
There is a Congregational Meeting after lunch. All members are asked to remain to vote to participate in the “Fanning the Flame” ministry.
Session meets on Thursday, November 10 at 6:30 pm.
Mr. George Johnston called today to give us an update on his church’s (Reformation OPC, Gastonia NC) building search. He wanted to share the good news that they have purchased a building and were in the process of remodeling it. Lord willing they would have a “Thanksgiving and Dedication” service on December 2 with their first Sunday worship on December 4. Please rejoice with George and Reformation OPC in Gastonia NC.
The Session has called for two Congregational Meetings. The first is November 6 after the fellowship lunch. We will affirm or deny our participation in the Fanning the Flame coaching and church revitalization ministry. The second is December 4 after the fellowship lunch. This is our regularly scheduled annual meeting to hear the state of the church, review the budget, and offer feedback or questions to the pastor, session, and deacons. All members are encouraged to attend; all regular attendees or those interested in the church are welcome to attend.
November is National Diabetes Month. Every 17 seconds someone is diagnosed with diabetes, a disease which kills more people each year than breast cancer and AIDS combined. The American Diabetes Association’s website states that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless steps are taken to stop this disease. Early detection is critical. This is why Good Shepherd Orthodox Presbyterian Church is hosting Life Line Screening, the nation’s leading provider of preventive health screenings on Tuesday, November 15, 2016. One of the tests is a simple blood test for glucose (sugar) which can determine if a person is at-risk of developing diabetes. Other screenings include tests to check for blocked carotid arteries, atrial fibrillation, and high blood pressure, which are the three leading risk factors for stroke. Nearly 800,000 strokes will occur this year, taking a life approximately every four minutes. There are also tests to check for abdominal aortic aneurysms and PAD, also called “hardening of the arteries” in the legs. Diabetes is a major risk factor for stroke and is directly related to Peripheral Arterial Disease. Recommendations for people with diabetes included a PAD test starting at age 50. Screening packages start at $139. Single tests cost around $70. For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment, call 1-888-653-6441. Pre-registration is required.